Top featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa has an HBO date set for September 10 in Atlantic City, and is looking for an opponent. It was reported earlier that Daniel Ponce de Leon was likely in line, and that still seems to be the case.
WBC titlist Jhonny Gonzalez said yesterday he was willing to take the fight with Gamboa:
"[Gamboa] has proved to be a great fighter and there is sufficient merit to give him a chance."
But later, a source told Rick Reeno that Gonzalez had turned down a six-figure offer. Gonzalez is set to fight on July 9 against Tomas Villa, a weak opponent who was a late replacement for another weak opponent, Roinet Caballero. That fight is set for the Williams vs Lara undercard in Atlantic City, but won't be televised.
Steve Kim had an update yesterday on the Ponce de Leon possibility from the fighter's manager:
Mark Hernandez says they are good to go for Daniel Ponce de Leon to face Y.Gamboa on Sept 10. Is there a thaw in the Cold War!?! #boxing
Ponce de Leon, of course, is promoted by Golden Boy, while Gamboa is a Top Rank fighter. Gamboa desperately needs a credible opponent, and the willing are few and far between. Ponce de Leon is definitely a top 10 guy at 126 pounds and a dangerous puncher, and the fight makes sense from both sides. There's really no reason for this to not be the sort of fight where the sides work together.